The big winner at last night’s Seafood Sustainability Awards was a man who has spent almost 20 years working to protect
seabirds and marine mammals in the commercial fishing industry.
The awards, held for the first time at parliament last night, were hosted by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash who says the
industry has committed and positive leaders.
The Awards were attended by commercial and recreational fishers, as well as environmental NGOs, science providers and
The winner of the Kaitiakitanga Award and also winner of the Supreme Sustainability Award was Richard Wells of
Resourcewise who has been heavily involved in reducing the risk to protected species since 2005.
Winner of the Operational Innovation Award was the CRA8 Lobster Industry Association that has developed fisheries and
environmental management plans that have maintained high stocks abundance while maximising economic returns in the
Fiordland Marine Area.
The Lee Fish Award for Market Innovation and Value-Added was won by The New Zealand King Salmon Company and they were
recognised for world-leading waste minimisation, work on plastics and the development of their own environmental
The Emerging Leader Award was taken away by Nate Smith of Gravity Fishing, a company that fishes to order, only sells
whole fish and has 100 percent traceability and transparency.
And the Minister of Fisheries Award, which recognises those who have made a continuous outstanding contribution to the
sustainability of the seafood sector was won by Rosemary Hurst of NIWA.
Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive, Jeremy Helson welcomed the Awards and says he is delighted the Minister has put
them on the calendar.
“There is some excellent work going on in the seafood sector both in minimising our environmental footprint and
designing innovative new ways of fishing.
“It is great to see our people getting recognition for their efforts and we thank Minister Nash for making it possible.”